It has become possible to cast your crushes further and further afield — check out AHDM4U’s Heartthrob Issue next week for examples from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires. But sometimes your ❤ needs only your dive bar and a really good DJ. Such was the case for Julius Smack, a.k.a. Peter Hernandez, who was until recently a regular performer at DJ Myles Cooper’s phenomenal weekly party High Fantasy, housed in the dark-cornered dream factory that is Tenderloin dive Aunt Charlie’s. Julius sent us this Valentine’s Day lovetape full of his favorite Bay Area singers, producers, bands and city soundscapes.
Given that he just motored down the coast in his white VW Golf to a new life in LA’s Koreatown, Julius’ intro to the mix is all the more poignant:
The San Francisco Bay Area is a grand geography of fascinating sonic amalgams, consisting of musicians working in realms like social justice, technology and academia. I found them incredibly inspiring to grow around during the years I spent living in the Mission District. They reminded me that music is melded in so many other aspects of being — whether it’s queer identity, history, emotional stasis or performance.
I hope you find the songs on this mix to be compelling. Whether it’s Matrixxman’s infective rhythm, Daniel Redman’s playful intersection of queer history and folk music, Wizard Apprentice’s emotional honesty, or Per$ia’s fierce call to arms, I hope that this illustrates for you a sonic image of the beauty and dynamism I see in San Francisco.
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Julius Smack // I Say What I Want (Edit)
Matrixxman // T
Holly Herndon // Chorus
Total Overcomers Anonymous (Brian Tester) // Why I Walk
Never Knows feat. Jupiter // Concrete. Drama.
DJ Myles Cooper // Somebody
Brittany B // Agonize
Wizard Apprentice // All the Time
Madalyn Merkey // Siren
Daniel Redman // Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Per Sia feat. Daddie$ Plastik // Google Google Apps Apps
More 4 u? Here’s Julius Smack’s just-released music video for “I Say What I Want”